1.    09 Jun 2016 #1

    Clean Install or Refresh ?

    Because of some problems I want to reinstall Windows 10. I have done a repair reinstall twice and not
    entirely happy. I get the error on shutdown that Explorer can't write to a memory location and my memory has been tested (memtest86). There is also a display problem with blank screen on boot. Not even the bios shows. I have switched from my
    Nvidia GTX-650 to the Intel i7 video to test.
    I have done a clean install on two of my machines, which had the desired effect of curing problems.

    I am leaning towards a clean install because both ways, I have to reinstall all my programs about 80 >>YUK.

    Any opinions ?
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  2.    09 Jun 2016 #2
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    Windows 10 Pro

    After you get a good stable clean install with your usual programs installed, make a system backup image with a program like Macrium Reflect Free and future restores will only take 10-20 minutes.
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  3.    09 Jun 2016 #3

    Thanks, I do images every month before updates.
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  4.    09 Jun 2016 #4
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    I would do a completely clean install by deleting all the partitions on the hard drive or SSD and installing Windows 10 to the unallocated space.
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  5.    10 Jun 2016 #5
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    win10 pro 64

    Just make sure to reinstall in UEFI mode if you want that. The MCT makes MBR by default. I found this out the hard way.
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  6.    10 Jun 2016 #6
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    The Media Creation Tool creates a USB flash drive that is bootable by both UEFI and legacy bios systems. The booting mode is set by the bios/UEFI setting, not by the format of the USB flash drive. If the files on the flash drive don't match the mode that is set in the bios/UEFI then the computer won't boot.
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